The Global Green Economy Index out today lists Australia as last among 60 countries assessed for leadership on global warming
“Tony Abbott has well and truly demolished Australia’s standing as a world leader in addressing global warming. We were the best and now we are the worst. It is a tragedy and must be reversed,” Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens, said.
“Opportunities, skills and investment have been lost overseas because of Tony Abbott’s refusal to act as the science tells us we must.
“The Greens are leading the campaign to restore genuine action on global warming. We must do everything we can to mitigate future extreme bushfires, floods and drought as well as prepare our economy for the new clean industries that are the inevitable reality of the global economy.
“Poor climate performance, unconstructive leadership and negative media coverage on the global stage just about sum up Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, full stop,” Senator Milne said.
Australian Greens environment spokesperson Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said:
“Not only does the Abbott Government have a shameful track record on climate leadership but it is also trying to wind back more than 30 years’ worth of environment protection by devolving federal environmental approval powers to state governments.
“If state governments had these federal powers in the past, there would be oil rigs on the Great Barrier Reef and the Franklin River would be dammed.
“The Greens are proud to have secured the numbers in the Senate to block Tony Abbott’s retrograde plan to gut federal environment protection,” Senator Waters said.
The Global Green Economy Index measures the green economic performance of 60 countries published by Dual Citizen LLC, a private U.S. based consultancy.